Spain’s Smart Shelter Integrates Smartphones with Sustainable Design

El Refugio Inteligente combines energy efficiency with smartphone-control

Gizmag, January 7, 2015

Spanish green building firm NOEM recently completed a prefabricated house called El Refugio Inteligente (The Smart Shelter), that more than lives up to its name. Designed and built in just nine weeks and assembled on-site in approximately 10 days, the solar-powered house features a combination of smartphone-configured amenities and sustainable design that help reduce overall energy usage.

El Refugio Inteligente is located within Spain’s Serra Espadà mountain range in the Province of Castellón, near Valencia. With a total interior floorspace of 96 sq m (1,033 sq ft), the one-story home is built from two prefabricated wooden modules which have been joined together. Insulation comes in the form of 16 cm (6 in) thick wood fiber insulation panels.

El Refugio Inteligente features a clean and simple interior decor, and includes a living room and kitchen that opens onto the porch, a double bedroom, a bathroom, and a study that can also serve as a second bedroom when required. The garden also contains a swimming pool.

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